Strange sheep; ancient buried neolithic villages; stone circles; Grebes; amazing beaches; birdwatching and shipwrecks. Day two and three of our anniversary Orkney trip seems like an age ago but was only last week

I am so behind on the posts I've meant to write that it now seems like an aeon ago and not last week that my lovely husband and I were in sunny Orkney! We are currently on our way back from a VERY soggy family camping trip in the Lake District on the train! I … Continue reading Strange sheep; ancient buried neolithic villages; stone circles; Grebes; amazing beaches; birdwatching and shipwrecks. Day two and three of our anniversary Orkney trip seems like an age ago but was only last week

Puffins, Great Skuas, ancient ruins and shipwrecks. I’m not sure I can fit my 3 days in Orkney into one post and we definitely didn’t get everything done

I am officially exhausted, but our flight back from Edinburgh to Gatwick is delayed, so now seems like a good time to start writing a post about our ten-year wedding anniversary to Orkney. We packed so much into three days and have so much that we'd like to have done/seen/tried if we'd had time, that … Continue reading Puffins, Great Skuas, ancient ruins and shipwrecks. I’m not sure I can fit my 3 days in Orkney into one post and we definitely didn’t get everything done

Yvette Blake the evil ex-model in my debut psychological suspense novel, Dunn. How did someone like her get sucked into a cult like the Salvation program?

I started this post a week ago and then got sidetracked by my amazing anniversary trip to Orkney. More on that to follow..... I'm too exhausted to work out where to start with that. It may be tricky to fit it all into one post.... so I'll finish what I started and post this before … Continue reading Yvette Blake the evil ex-model in my debut psychological suspense novel, Dunn. How did someone like her get sucked into a cult like the Salvation program?

How dark is too dark for a young adult/teen fantasy adventure? And is ‘marketing cabin fever’ a recognised condition?

With Dunn released for over 6 weeks now and the initial flurry of marketing done, I'm turning my attention to my work(s) in progress .... Because, I feel like I've got something I'm calling 'marketing cabin fever'. Maybe it's the unusual heat here in the UK; maybe it's that I don't seem to be able … Continue reading How dark is too dark for a young adult/teen fantasy adventure? And is ‘marketing cabin fever’ a recognised condition?

Ever been somewhere that feels slightly haunting? Turtles, Parrot Fish and Brown Boobies made our trip to Boa Vista spectacular, but I can’t put my finger on what I found ‘unsettling’

It's not the architecture. The architecture is new - I want to say mock Moorish. We are in a hotel the size of a town. Not my thing, but definitely not creepy. And it's definitely not isolation..... That 'Shining' style madness that could hit you in a sprawling place like this if it were ever … Continue reading Ever been somewhere that feels slightly haunting? Turtles, Parrot Fish and Brown Boobies made our trip to Boa Vista spectacular, but I can’t put my finger on what I found ‘unsettling’

Yellow grasslands, but no red-orange sand, and no leopards or lions to spice up my run… Wish I was going back to the African bush and starting my year off NOW

The UK currently reminds me of South African Safari that started my year off .... A whole year ago. Now my novel is out and my year off is basically done. I have the school holidays left, and I'm fortunate in that they are filled with cool trips to finish off my sabbatical. But its … Continue reading Yellow grasslands, but no red-orange sand, and no leopards or lions to spice up my run… Wish I was going back to the African bush and starting my year off NOW

A book blogger on my blog tour just came up with an interpretation on my novel ‘Dunn’ that I hadn’t ever considered. How exciting. For me that’s what reading is all about

I won't repeat this post's lengthy title because I think it says it all, but as I mentioned in the title, for me one of the joys of reading is that each book can have a unique meaning to each reader. As a new author, this is possibly one of the most exciting book-things that's … Continue reading A book blogger on my blog tour just came up with an interpretation on my novel ‘Dunn’ that I hadn’t ever considered. How exciting. For me that’s what reading is all about

Swimming with Jellyfish…. and finding out about HUGE partially invisible plastic islands. I am ashamed at how much I have underestimated the scale of the plastic problem

I am on a mission! Because talking to the Marine Conservation Society before my swim at Brighton's Paddle Round the Pier this year made me realise I know nothing about the extent of the environmental damage to this planet and I am definitely not doing enough about reducing my plastic consumption! My carbon footprint is … Continue reading Swimming with Jellyfish…. and finding out about HUGE partially invisible plastic islands. I am ashamed at how much I have underestimated the scale of the plastic problem

What makes horrible novel characters so interesting to me? A good book review, and a bad … but mostly ‘Dunn’ is invisible on Netgalley etc.

So, it was inevitable.  I got a bad review. Sadly, it was one of the first, but I've since had a couple of 5* and a really positive comment on Amazon. My 'unusual thriller' as the good review kindly put it, was clearly not the other reader's cup of tea.  C'est la vie.  You can't … Continue reading What makes horrible novel characters so interesting to me? A good book review, and a bad … but mostly ‘Dunn’ is invisible on Netgalley etc.

My book blog tour has kicked off at Silver Dagger Tours and Mythical books. Exciting and terrifying simultaneously. Details below

Dunn by Kay Jay Genre: Psychological Suspense Aidan Dunn is a man driven by money and power – he just doesn’t have any. What he does have - he thinks - is charm. He’s been honing his manipulation skills as a charity collector for years, earning enough commission to rent a bedsit and keep him … Continue reading My book blog tour has kicked off at Silver Dagger Tours and Mythical books. Exciting and terrifying simultaneously. Details below